Re: Another WWII tribute photos & history
Here are a few photos from Camp Lucky Strike - the first stop in Europe. They wound up their tour back at Lucky Strike out processing soldiers with more points than they had - so I don't know whether these photos were upon arrival or just prior to leaving.
Grand Daddy never talked about the war other than to say he was awarded a Purple Heart when a Frenchman dropped a hammer and hit him in the head! And to say he served under Patton. The only war movie I ever saw him watch was The Longest Day and Patton. He would leave the room or ask me to change the channel whenever I was watching a war movie and he was present. He later became president of several insurance companies and was was financially able to go to Europe (my grandmother repeatedly asked him to take her), but he never wanted to go back. He never attended reunions. He did serve in the reserves until he had his 20 years in for retirement as a Major. When the Vietnam protestors burned the Pentagon, his service records were among those destroyed and the Army decided he was a few months short of reaching retirement. They denied his pension and he could not prove them wrong. Perhaps this entered into his reluctance to talk about the war - although I suspect it was what he experienced at the time.
His cards and letters home never mentioned fighting or that he was frightened. He mentioned late hours, being cold and lonely, being busy, having to go to work, missed the family and his wife, and gave his wife advice about family finances. He talked a little about R&R, camp duty, music, and photography. He asked for candles to be sent so he could use them to write letters by - never mentioned flashlights or batteries.
Once they captured some high ranking Germans near the end of the war, he talked about them and even sent home a photo of one. He mentioned the differences between the civilians in France and those of Germany. And as the war progressed, his tone soured when talking about all of the civilians there. I can only guess why.
Last edited by geds; 12-23-2012 at 11:54 AM..